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Join a Historic Tavern Crawl and Craft Beer Tasting

  • May 18, 2013 · 2:00 PM

> Rich Wagner is the author of “Philadelphia Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Cradle of Liberty”
> Wind a path through old tavern sites and sample modern craft brews along the way
> Discover Philly’s brewing heritage and the significance of the colonial beer scene

Philadelphia is the birthplace of two very important things: America and American lager. Coincidence? Not to beer aficionados. Beer production began in the city with its very first settlers and became an integral part of colonial life. By the time of the first congress, a known meeting spot for delegates was the City Tavern.


Rich Wagner is one such beer aficionado. His book “Philadelphia Beer” travels through time from the earliest ale brewers to the current craft-brewing renaissance. On this experience, he invites you to play the role of time traveler, learning about the taverns and beers that ushered in the founding of our nation.

The experience begins with Rich at the famed City Tavern, where you can sample beers that recreate colonial-era brewing styles. Once you’ve wet your whistle, Rich will trace a maze of historic markers denoting where the most famous and notorious taverns once stood, sharing their hidden history and interesting trivia. Stop in at some venues to sample the brews being made today, and finish with a craft porter that’s a special homage to the oldest standing colonial tavern.

NOTE: Tickets ($50) must be purchased in advance here:

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